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The Hon. Bruce Weinrod


The Honorable Bruce Weinrod has extensive U.S. foreign and national security policy experience and expertise. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the (dual-hatted) Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and Defense Advisor to the U.S. Mission to NATO. He also served for a time as the Acting U.S. Ambassador (Charge’) to NATO. Among his many responsibilities were U.S. political-military and security policies relating to Europe, NATO, transatlantic relations and relations with NATO partner nations in the Middle East and Asia.

Previously, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, he was the Deputy Assistant of Defense for European and NATO policy where he helped formulate and implement U.S. transatlantic political-military and security policies after the end of the Cold War. Among other things, he was the first U.S. Department of Defense official to visit the newly independent nations of Central Europe and conceptualized the first NATO security cooperation programs with those nations.

After leaving the Pentagon and while in the private sector, he was actively involved in developing U.S. Senate public support for the admission of Central European nations into NATO.

Separately, he has served on Capitol Hill as a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for two U.S. Senators and was twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and served as Chairman of its Research and Studies Committee. He has been a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University, and a Japan Fellow of the Japan Society based in Japan.

He teaches courses on U.S. foreign and national security policy as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the American University School of International Service, and he has published widely and lectured in the U.S. and internationally on foreign policy and national security issues. In the private sector he is an international business advisor focusing on U.S. and foreign national security-related laws, regulations, and policies.

A U.S. Army veteran, he holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University School of Law, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.